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2017 NFL Mock Draft by sportsguru221 - 12.15
Published at 12/15/2016 10:10:33 PM

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Round 1

1. Browns: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M

There's no top-flight QB prospect in this year's draft, so what the Browns SHOULD do is take the best player available at no. 1, and this year that is Myles Garrett. The Browns were dead last in sacks in 2016, so needless to say, they could use a dominant defensive player like Garrett who can get to the quarterback at will. All of the experts are saying he's the best pass rusher to come out since Jadaveon Clowney in 2014. The Browns are going to find out what they have in RG3 for the remaining three games. If they like what they see, they'll keep him on for another year with Cody Kessler. If they don't, expect them to cut ties with RG3 and look to FA for a veteran QB to compete with Kessler. What they need to concentrate on doing in the mean time is building up that terrible defense, as well as the offensive line. 2018 is exptected to be a really strong QB class, especially if Trubisky plans on staying put at Chapel Hill, so the Browns can patiently wait another year with Kessler and select a top-flight prospect with what will most likely be a top 5 pick in 2018.


2. 49ers: DeShone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame

It's pretty obvious that neither Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert are the long-term answers. Both are backup caliber quarterbacks. Gabbert is a free agent and it;s probably his last year in San Fran. Kaepernick might start right away, but don't be surprised if Kizer ends up taking over a couple weeks into the year. He's a solid fit for Chip Kelly's offensive system. The 49ers could also bring in former Kelly draft pick Matt Barkley, who's a free agent, for some competition. With the right tutelage, Kizer can develop into a good starting quarterback.

I think Mitch Trubisky is going to pull a Matt Barkley and return for his senior year, seeing as how he's only had one year of experience, and if Trubisky decides to return the Tar Heels could be really good next year which is even more incentive for him to return. Kizer I think is far less likely to return, especially with Brian Kelly's status in South Bend up in the air.


3. Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Jaguars could use more talent on the interior of their d-line, and Jonathan Allen is the best tackle prospect in the draft. He's the best player on the board and fills a position of need. Pretty easy pick.


4. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Charles Leno cannot be allowed to start at left tackle anymore, which causes the Bears to reach for Mike McGlinchey at 4th overall. With McGlinchey at the LT, that allows them to possible move Leno over to the right side. If Mitch Trubisky decides to enter the draft, he could potentially be the pick here instead of McGlinchey.


5. Jets: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU

The Jets lost Chris Ivory in free agency, and his absence was felt in 2016. Matt Forte was OK in his place, but he's getting really old and should not be relied upon as a 3-down starter. Leonard Fournette is a monster of a man at RB, and if it wasn't for Zeke Elliott a year ago people would be saying he is the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. The Jest offense was pitiful last year, and Fournette is a player who makes them better right away.


6. Rams: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

This is a little bit of a reach, but the Rams are desperate for good offensive lineman. Greg Robinson was so bad this year that he was benched for Roger Saffold and Andrew Donnal. They might try to move Robinson to left guard, in a move that shows that don't want to completely give up on the 2nd overall pick of 2014, but his time is running out. They also need to put protecting Jared Goff as a priority, and Cam Robinson certainly qualifies as filling that need.


7. Chargers: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State

With the exception of a prime offensive tackle prospect being gone, the Chargers are in a pretty good position here. The top CB and S prospects are still on the board, as well as one of the top d-line prospects. I think the Chargers go safety and take the Ohio State product Malik Hooker. The Chargers failed to adequately replace Eric Weddle last year, so this year safety is one of their biggest needs-why not take the best one in the draft?


8. Browns: Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

It's really tempting to give the Browns Marlon Humphrey here, but they really need a five-technique on that defensive line. Malik McDowell is a great fit for the Browns. He's someone could can start right away on the d-line and instantly upgrades both their pass rush and the run defense. Desmond Bryant is expected to be healthy in 2017, but it's still unclear whether he'll be back with the Browns. He'll be entering his age 33 season coming off a serious injury, and the Browns could save a couple million by releasing him. If they do release Desmond Bryant, the need for a DE becomes even bigger.


9. Panthers: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama

This is another one that's pretty easy. Marlon Humphrey is the consensus best CB in the draft, and the Panthers have a HUGE need at CB after losing Josh Norman. No way they can pass up on a player like Humphrey at this juncture.


10. Saints: Zach Cunningham, Inside Linebacker, Vanderbilt

Craig Robertson, former Cleveland Browns cast off, is currently the starter at middle linebacker for the Saints, which should be evidence that they are in desperate need of a middle linebacker. Zach Cunningham is a really good linebacker who was the captain of the defense for Vanderbilt over the last two years, putting up ridiculous numbers. He's been compared to Luke Keuchley of the Panthers, and the Saints could really use that kind of a player on their woeful defense.


11. Bengals: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee

Michael Johnson has been average, at best, since signing that lucrative deal a couple years ago, and he could really stand to be upgraded. With the exception of that one 11.5 sack campaign, he's been an up-and-down player his entire career, and the Bengals could use a young talent to push the mediocre veteran. Derek Barnett has been a terrific pass rusher for the Vols, and he's someone who could have very easily gone in the top ten, so getting him at 11 is good value and it fills a position of need.


12. Cardinals: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida

Patrick Peterson might be the best overall cornerback in the game, but the Cardinals lack a decent option opposite of Peterson. Quincy Wilson is coming off a great year for Florida, and has all the measurable's and physical attributes to be a perennial pro-bowler in the NFL. He's another player that could have gone in the top ten, so it'd be hard for the Cardinals to pass up on a player of Wilson's caliber at 12.


13. Bills: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU

There's no shortage of good defensive backs in this year's draft, and the Bills are a team that could use some good DB's, particularly good safeties.


14. Colts: Adoree' Jackson, Cornerback, USC

The Colts had possibly the worst defense in the NFL, and could use upgrades everywhere on the defensive side of the ball. What they should really do with this pick is just go best defensive player available, and that happens to be Jim Thorpe Award winner Adoree Jackson.


15. Texans: Tanoh Kpassagnon, Defensive End, Villanova

Defensive end is a position the Texans are extremely thin at, and after J.J. Watt went down it got even worse. They Texans could really use another DE in the 3-4 they run to put some pressure off of Watt. This might be a little bit of a reach for a player like Kpassagnon, but he's the best 3-4 DE available and his potential is through the roof. He has outstanding measurable's {6'7, 290 lbs.} and was a straight up beast for Villanova.


16. Titans: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Titans have struggled to stop the pass all year, even with their above-average pass rush. They could really use some talented corners, and Marshon Lattimore is great value here.


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